I am treating a 55 yr. old post menopausal female for general health issues. Her only complaint was right lateral knee pain radiating to her outer foot. My initial assessment was high stress levels, pupils chronically constricted, sleep disturbed, build is thin and a fast metabolism. She denies anxiety, depression, OCD or any psychiatric hx. She appears calm and is able to remain in a relaxed posture.
She is hypersentive to initial needle insertion. I have tried a number of techniques and including cosmetic needles. Once the skin is punctured I can needle and obtain deqi, however, her sypathetic system goes into hyperdrive at the beginning of a treatment (sweating etc) and I have to revert to accupressure or trancutaneous.
I have tried H7, P6 and Lu 9 to reduce sypathetic, with no result. I am able to needle Du 20 and auricular points, but no body points; she does stae some relaxation and outwardly appears calm able to relax for 30 mins or more. She is particulary sensitive to and hand or foot points i.e Li 4 and Liv 3. I ensure she has no dietry stimulants also.
Any ideas ?